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    Park History – A story of Model Yacht Pond

Model Yacht Pond

This week is History Week across Australia, and in honour of this occasion we’re going to look at a number of historical photos, stories and videos of Centennial Parklands.

We start the week with a cute anecdote sent to us from a former neighbour and visitor…

Dear Sir/Madam

I am writing this email to you just to offer a small historical story relating to my family. We grew up in the Eastern Suburbs back in the 1940’s/50’s.  My brother, who is now 59, was given a model yacht for Xmas when he was about four. The family took him to the now aptly named “Model Yacht Pond” where the little boat was launched. It went out to the middle and sank. We still laugh about it now.

My sister still lives in Sydney and told us that she had driven past the pond and that it has been given a name. I just had to share this story and wondered why the pond was given this name. Maybe my brother’s yacht was not the only one doomed.

Kind regards,
Lyn Cavanough

Great memory, Lyn, and your brother’s model yacht was likely not the only victim. We won’t claim that Model Yacht Pond is the “Bermuda Triangle” of Centennial Parklands, but with this much traffic on the pond in the early days, there would likely have been the odd sinking or two!

Model yacht club from circa 1910s

Model yacht club from circa 1920s

'Model Yacht Sailing, Centennial Park' (from the Tyrell Collection, courtesy of the Powerhouse Museum) - circa 1917

‘Model Yacht Sailing, Centennial Park’ (from the Tyrell Collection, courtesy of the Powerhouse Museum) – circa 1917

Do you have a great memory?

Do you have a great story or memory of Centennial Park like Lyn? Share it with us. We’d love to hear about your memories, or see your photos and videos of the past.

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